Book editor at Writers House; manages submissions for Amy Berkower. Ph.D. in English Lit from UBC. She/her. Tweets are my own (or yours, if you want them)
Dipping briefly into #MSWL day on behalf of Amy Berkower. We'd love to see vivid and precise portraits of a small town that's off the expected track. So many novels are set in Manhattan or the Bay Area. Wld love lit fic that brings an unexpected location to life.
Nicole Cliffe @Nicole_CliffeI know MI-5 has an age limit but I honestly think the invisibility of women as they age would be perfect for assassination work
#MSWL, especially if it was literary and wry and examined myths about women aging.
Erika W. Smith @erikawynnhow would you describe this genre of books because I love it: the Secret History, A Little Life, Brideshead Revisited, Special Topics In Calamity Physics. Books about beautiful smart pretentious way-too-close school friends who are surrounded by sexual tension, money, and death?
This genre is 🙌 and a perpetual #MSWL
Jen “eeeeek” Edwards @Jene_e_edwardsbeen thinking about how the worst heartbreak i’ve ever suffered was from a friendship breakup, and how that is so rarely explored in YA. i didn’t know how to cope because i didn’t know anyone who had gone through something that intense. we need to fix this.
This is why I love novels that are focused on the bonds between young women -- crushes came and went, but my female friendships defined my high school experience. #MSWL
Genevieve Gagne-Hawes @genevievejudeA more abstract #MSWL, but I loved this story about the last Blockbusters of Alaska and the role they played in their communities. I'd love to see a literary novel, YA or adult, that focuses on these social shifts due to technology.
Abby, Amy's assistant, and I are still talking about this days later, and she came up with a genius idea: a love story between the last two people in an AOL chat room. #MSWL
A more abstract #MSWL, but I loved this story about the last Blockbusters of Alaska and the role they played in their communities. I'd love to see a literary novel, YA or adult, that focuses on these social shifts due to technology.
#MSWL Would totally love a novel with the light spirit and sweet heart of "Set It Up" (Reader, I watched it). Maybe something not set in NYC, but another city with a young professional class, where the setting could be part of the story.
Rebecca Mix @rebeccarmixsomeone write me a post-apocalyptic book where the most efficient person in the group is a writer that wrote a shitload of apocalypse AU fanfic and accidentally taught themselves how to survive because they spent so much time researching
Omg I love this idea. #MSWL
#antiMSWL check-in: Amy Berkower is not actively acquiring picture books, nonfiction (including memoirs), or poetry -- we've been getting a lot of queries in all three categories lately, and I hate to waste folks' time. #querytips #MSWL
Preeti Chhibber @runwithskizzersThere's *so* much history we can take advantage of for YA. Victims of colonization going after the British Empire??? Like, subvert the colonial English genre! Imagine The Little Princess or The Jungle Book but instead of quaint British stories, they're tales of anger & revenge!!
No joke, my Ph.D. dissertation was a postcolonial reading of Raj fictions.
SEND ME ALL THESE SUBVERSIONS they are my dream in life. #MSWL